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Posted on: February 2, 2021

Commemorating Black History Month This February

Celebrating Black History Month

We commemorate and celebrate Black History Month this February.  This month celebrates the history and achievements of African-Americans. It also pays tribute to the generations of African-Americans who struggled with adversity throughout American history. African-American History Month encourages us to continue to promote the study of African-American history throughout the year. In celebration, we will raise the NAACP Long Beach Branch flag at City Hall through February 28. Learn more about our Commemorative Flag Policy here.

In 1925, Carter G. Woodson’s organization "The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History" conceived and announced Negro History Week. Over the years, Negro History Week became a central part of African American life, and across the country, more Americans came to appreciate the celebration. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976. Since then, every American president has designated February as African-American History Month.

Celebrating Black History Month

  • Woodson's organization, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, designated 2021's Black History Month theme as "2021- The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity". This and past Black History Month themes are dedicated to exploring historical issues of importance to people of African descent and race relations in America. Learn more.
  • Several federal agencies are joining together this February in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. Visit AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth.gov to participate in a variety of virtual events, panels, discussions, and more.
  • The National Archives holds a wealth of material documenting the African American experience and highlights these resources online, in programs, and through traditional and social media. Visit their website to explore these resources.

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